A town planner is responsible for the design and development of urban areas, such as towns and cities. As a town planner, you would ensure there is balance between demands on the land being developed and the needs of the community.
This can be on a national, regional, or local level and requires an awareness of the environmental and economic impacts of a proposed development.
Typical hours per week
38 - 40
How to become a town planner
To become a town planner, you will usually need a degree, which you can either gain at university or whilst working in a supporting role, such as a planning technician, if you have the backing of your employer.
You could also complete a college course, a degree-level apprenticeship, or apply to an employer directly if you have some previous experience.
You should explore these routes to find out which is the right one for you. Although some of these options have certain qualification requirements, many employers are more interested in people who are enthusiastic, willing to learn and can follow instructions.
You may need a (CSCS) card to work on a construction site.
To become a town planner you could complete an undergraduate degree or postgraduate qualification that is accredited by the (RTPI), in a subject related to environment and development, urban planning or property development.
If you already have an undergraduate degree in an unrelated subject, you may be able to complete a postgraduate qualification in planning, to help you on your journey to becoming a town planner.
You'll usually need :
College / training provider
You could complete a Level 3 Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment, a Level 3 Diploma in Civil Engineering, or a T Level in Design Surveying and Planning to help you on your journey to becoming a town planner.
You’ll need 4-5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including English and maths, or equivalent.
You could complete an apprenticeship with a Local Authority or town council to become a town planner.
You’ll generally need 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent.
Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16. As an apprentice, you will be fully employed by your company and expected to work a minimum of 30 hours a week.
Your time will be split between on-the-job experience and a college or training provider.
If you have experience as a planning technician, you could apply directly to a construction company to gain onsite experience as a town planner and gain the necessary qualifications to help you progress on the job.
You might start out as an assistant to a more experienced town planner and progress as your abilities improve.
Work experience is essential to gaining employment within the construction industry. You could gain this at school, or by working weekends and holidays with a company or relative who works as a town planner.
Potential employers will always be pleased to see work experience listed on your CV.
Additional skills which may benefit anyone considering a job as a town planner include :
What does a town planner do?
As a town planner, you will be responsible for managing the development of new areas in cities, towns and the countryside.
You will review existing areas, assist in gaining planning permission for developments and ensure that developments are assessed for the environmental and economic impacts.
The job role of a town planner involves the following duties :
How much could you earn as a town planner?
The expected salary for a town planner varies as you become more experienced.
Hours and salary depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do.